4 Small Businesses to Shop (Online) Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. A day when shoppers are encouraged to support small “mom & pop” and local neighborhood stores. It’s the antithesis (and much more civilized version) of Black Friday, when big box stores whip consumers into a frenzy with their promise of “door buster” – a.k.a. trample others to death – deals.

If you read my previous post, “Why I Don’t Do Black Friday,” you know that the only kind of shopping I plan on doing this weekend is the online kind. And tomorrow, I do plan to support some of my favorite small and local businesses by shopping their eCommerce stores. If you’re looking for some truly unique gifts this holiday season, why not cozy up on the couch with your laptop or mobile device and give these four small businesses a well-deserved look-see.

When_You_Embrace_large1. Just Mary Designs

Give someone the gift of art this holiday season with one of Mary Sterk’s uplifting and inspiring paintings. Her Body Fab-YOU-lous line encourages women to see the beauty in themselves every day, regardless of the constant unhealthy and unrealistic images that are being thrust upon them by the fashion and beauty industry every day.

I own one of Mary’s pieces that says “Step Boldly Towards Your Future…The Time Is Now.” I look at this painting every day and it’s a beautiful reminder that helps keep me on the path to achieving my goals.

Mary and her work are so near and dear to me that I sponsored her NYC gallery debut this past summer. Click here to read all about it.

And, most importantly, click here to visit her site and pick out a piece that will inspire a friend on your gift list. (And perhaps a piece for yourself as well!)

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4979618.jpg2. Fanaberie

Fanaberie is a clothing and accessories boutique in Brooklyn that features unique and up-and-coming designers.

I’ve visited this store twice and purchased several items that I wear on a regular basis, including a long knit cardigan and the statement necklace I’m wearing in this outfit post.

Thank god the store has a website so that I don’t have to make the trek to Brooklyn every time I want to score another one-of-a-kind piece.

Check out Fanaberie on Small Business Saturday and find your own unique treasures!

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C.O. Bigelow is the oldest apothecary in America and a New York City landmark.

Known for their handcrafted collection of body lotions and soaps, the store also features indie-label cosmetics and a large selection of Tocca and Diptyque candles.

Check out C.O. Bigelow’s complete selection of 2015 Holiday Season gift ideas here.

 

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dylans-candy-bar-NYC4. Dylan’s Candy Bar

Imagine Willie Wonka and Karl Lagerfeld merged into one confectious persona and you’ll understand what it’s like to step foot inside Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Founded in 2001 by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan, this sweet shoppe stocks every type of candy you could possibly imagine.

From gourmet candy buckets to her world famous candy towers, if you’ve got someone with a sweet tooth on your shopping list, this is the place to fill that order with a one-of-a-kind treat.

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So save yourself some time and energy this weekend, and shop local. Shop online. Support small businesses. These are the places that you will find unique gifts that will prove you put some show actual thought and attention into your gift-buying this season (as opposed to the Campbell’s Soup mugs or Hot Cocoa Gift Set you can pick up at any old big box store.)

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